HealthTalk: Flaxseed and Breast Cancer

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Q: Does flaxseed protect against breast cancer or increase the risk?

A: Flaxseed most often raises questions regarding breast cancer because of its compounds called lignans. These compounds, sometimes called phytoestrogens, have a chemical structure similar to estrogen. At first glance, it might seem that would increase risk of estrogen-sensitive (ER-positive) breast cancer, which is spurred by excess estrogen.

However, research suggests these tiny brown seeds do not increase cancer risk and could even be protective.

In animal studies of human breast cancer, flaxseed and lignans isolated from it reduce breast cancer development, slow growth of existing breast tumors and lower levels of several growth factors that promote breast cancer. Human studies are limited but suggest that if anything, including one to four tablespoons of flaxseed per day might reduce breast cancer risk, especially in post-menopausal women. Read more… “HealthTalk: Flaxseed and Breast Cancer”

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    Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad

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    Lentils are one of my favorite pantry staples. These legumes are part of the family of pulses, which also include beans, peas and chickpeas. They are rich in nutrients, inexpensive and versatile.

    Lentils are also hearty enough that they make a great alternative to meat in salads, soups, and burgers. This lentil salad is one of my all-time favorite recipes because it’s simple to prepare with a unique, tasty combination of spices and flavors. Read more… “Swap Meat for Spicy Lentils in this Hearty Salad”

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      How to make kid-friendly, tasty fruit leather with 4 ingredients

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      One of my favorite things about fall is apple season. Apples are crisp and sweet and make for a great grab-and-go snack. They are also packed full of cancer-protective nutrients like fiber and the flavonoid quercetin, an antioxidant that has anti-inflammatory properties.

      This year I decided to do something different with my bundle of apples and make homemade fruit leather. Fruit leather is a great snack for any age, but is a particularly good kid-friendly alternative to fruit rollups.

      Traditional fruit rollups contain almost no real fruit – the first two ingredients are corn syrup and sugar, followed by a small amount of fruit concentrate and a list of unknown additives (e.g. acetylated monoglycerides). Read more… “How to make kid-friendly, tasty fruit leather with 4 ingredients”

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